States where CPR Training is Mandatory for High School Graduation

There is a growing trend as more and more states are recognizing that CPR is not only an extremely valuable skill, but should also be made mandatory for students to learn before they can graduate from high school.

There are bills in many states that are in various stages of implementation.

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Here are states where it is currently mandatory:

  1. Alabama (Acts 1983, No. 83-510, p. 719, §§1-4.)
  2. Arkansas  (Act 1016)
  3. Georgia (SB 212, HB 217)
  4. Idaho (State DOE 08-0203-1306)
  5. Illinois (HB3724 – Approved May 21, 2014) *
  6. Indiana (HEA 1290 – Signed March 31, 2014) **
  7. Iowa (HF 109)
  8. Louisiana (HB 542 – Signed June 5, 2014)
  9. Maryland (SB 929, HB 1417)
  10. Minnesota (HF 2506)
  11. Mississippi (HB 234)
  12. Nevada (AB 414) ***
  13. North Carolina (HB 837, SB 132)
  14. Oklahoma (HB 1378 – Approved May 16, 2014)
  15. Rhode Island (SB 318, HB 5376 – Approved June 24, 2013)
  16. Tennessee (HB 1519)
  17. Texas (HB 897)
  18. Utah (State DOE – Effective 2014-2015 school year)
  19. Vermont (S 245 – Approved May 16, 2012)
  20. Virginia (HB 2028, SB 986 – Approved March 18, 2013)
  21. Washington (HB 1556 – Effective date July 28, 2013)

* In Illinois, schools are required to offer training, students are not required to take it.
** In Indiana, students are required to take the training, but schools can get waivers to opt out. (Indiana: We offer it for free, don’t opt out!)
*** In Nevada, students must take the training, as long as funds are available. (Nevada: Let’s talk. Our training is free!)

Other recent CPR related laws.

  1. Arizona (SB 1337, HB 2557) *
  2. Colorado (HB 14-1276) **
  3. North Dakota* (SB 2238 – Approved April 18, 2013) ***

* Senate Bill 1337 outlines regulations schools must follow if they provide CPR training, but it does not require schools to provide that training. It merely allows for it to occur.
** Colorado passed with a recommendation for CPR training, but training is not yet mandatory.
*** In North Dakota, state funding for CPR training is available, but training is not yet mandatory

Known states where bills have been introduced (as of October 24, 2013):

  1. Arkansas (SB 1177, HB 2224, Act 1016)
  2. Connecticut (HB 6054* for driver’s license)
  3. Florida (SB 302)
  4. Hawaii (SCR 174, HCR 108 – Hands-Only CPR)
  5. Maine (SP 258)
  6. Massachusetts (H 416, S 266)
  7. Michigan (HB 4272)
  8. Nebraska (LB 365)
  9. New Hampshire (HB 501)
  10. New York (A 8232, A 6240, A 2728, S 846)
  11. Oregon (SB 275)
  12. South Carolina (H 3368, S 160)

States where we haven’t found any bills relating to CPR in High Schools (as of July 10, 2013):

  1. Alaska
  2. California
  3. Delaware
  4. Idaho
  5. Kansas
  6. Kentucky
  7. Missouri
  8. Montana
  9. New Jersey
  10. New Mexico
  11. Ohio
  12. Pennsylvania
  13. South Dakota
  14. West Virginia
  15. Wisconsin
  16. Wyoming

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